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The Autumn wonders of the Fruit Tree Walk

By 12th September 2019March 8th, 2020No Comments

The Fruit Tree Walk now proudly presents it’s brand new information board, situated at the end of the wild flower border near the bus stop on the Newport Road, close to the end of the path into Young Court. It’s a clever piece of design work, informative and looks lovely.

The beautiful design was made by local artist Julie Wyness, with graphic design support from Anna Thomson. The Board was made possible by a generous grant by Tayport Commonty Fund. A big thank you to Julie, Ann and to the Commonty Fund! Thanks too to Fife Council Housing for consent to put up the Board on their land.

Last Sunday, Peter, our esteemed Community Gardener, led us on a summer pruning workshop. Summer pruning of the apples trees is done initially to shape the tree for the future, and then to promote fruiting buds by removing some of the new growth.

Apples, plums and Farleigh damsons are all fruiting profusely just now and some of the fruit is ripe and ready. We also had a great crop of blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries and wild strawberries.

The fruit is for everybody to use. Ripening times vary between the different varieties. To check if an apple is ripe, twist it gently while holding the branch with your other hand. If it is ripe it will come off in your hand.

The wild flowers have given us and the honey bees, bumblebees butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinators a wonderful show this year and the hedge is sporting Guelder Rose berries, rosehip haws and even a hazel nut.

We need helpers to maintain the area to keep it beautiful, tidy and productive. If you are interested in helping in any way you can contact Janice at or ring her at 552486, or contact PLANT’s volunteer coordinator Ali by emailing

There will be weekly maintenance sessions meeting at the Garvie playpark every week for the rest of September. We will be getting together on Monday 16th 9.30 till 11, and the following Wednesday between 4.15 and 5.15 pm. Everyone’s welcome!



People Learning About Nature in Tayport (PLANT) is a Tayport Community Trust subgroup which works to achieve TCT’s overall aim of promoting a vibrant and sustainable community, with improved quality of life, specifically through projects involving growing food and flowers, while enhancing Tayport’s natural environment. A key aim is to establish a community garden. Tayport Community Trust, Registered Charity No. SCO42558, Company No. SC350253, Registered Office: 10 Broad Street Tayport DD6 9AJ

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